IUA employs an electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps. First applicants fill out the application form, pay the application fee and submit the application. Secondly, applicants receive confirmation that IAA has received the application.
It is necessary to include a passport photo with the application. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.
An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants must submit the following documents:
1. Certified copy of programme / course transcript(s) (PDF):
a) Applicants should submit a detailed record of previous education (final examination or university entrance examination) from secondary education up to the present, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English. Attach to the application.
b) Records of previous education in music. Attach to the application.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of general requirements:
• Evaluation exam in music theory
• Auditions (instrumental / vocal performance)
• Final results: Before end of May
The programme should consist of an etude which demonstrates the applicant´s technical ability and two more pieces from different periods that show diversity in technical skills and interpretation.
• Winds and Brass: First movement from a Classical concerto
• Strings: Solo piece / movement by J.S. Bach
• Piano: First movement from a Classical sonata
Please note that students are expected to provide their accompaniment for the auditions.
Total length: 20-30 minutes.
The programme should consist of two arias and two songs that show diverse quality. The pieces should be from different periods and in different languages.
Furthermore, the applicants should prepare a monologue in Icelandic, about 2 minutes in length.
The text can be taken from an opera, musical or a play. The purpose is to show quality in interpretation and textual use.
The whole performance should take place without score or text.
Total length: 20 minutes.
Basic qualification for acceptance into the IAA is a secondary school exam (Icelandic: Stúdentspróf) or completion of an equivalent programme.
Applicants who do not meet these general requirements must demonstrate maturity and knowledge that can be evaluated as equivalent to the missing education.
In addition to the general requirements, applicants must meet additional requirements regarding their knowledge of music. The assessment criteria are that the applicant has completed a secondary level according to the national music school curriculum guide or the equivalent.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate knowledge equivalent to at least 7th grade of secondary music school.
All those who meet the general requirements attend an evaluation exam in music theory, harmonic analysis and aural skills.
The programme is conducted in Icelandic.